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Early Childhood Education Design Conference

Early Childhood Education Design Conference: Designing for High-Performance Learning and Development

ECE Design Partners, in collaboration with the Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI), is excited to announce its 4th Annual Early Childhood Education Design Conference to be held in Denver, Colorado at the Auraria Campus, Tivoli Turnhalle. The 2016 Conference will continue its tradition of bringing together nationally recognized experts and thought leaders to highlight best practices and cutting edge research in designing, developing and managing high performance learning environments for early childhood education.


Amazing spaces for early learners are created when the right people come together to collaborate! This conference brings those connections closer for people that share the mission to create the most innovative learning environments possible for young children.


The Early Childhood Design Conference offers a unique opportunity to build relationships and share knowledge with hundreds of individuals and organizations committed to improving the quality of early childhood educational environments. Conference participants from around the world are provided the opportunity to get inspired and gain access to the latest resources and tools in the world of early childhood education and design. The organizers of this conference include architects, developers, designers, operators and policy makers in the field of early childhood education who are dedicated to making this information more accessible.

Conference topics may include: 

  • Twenty-first century learning principles for early childhood spaces
  • Brain science behind designing cognitively rich learning environments
  • Case studies in evidence-based design
  • Learning through the senses
  • Designing for special needs
  • Promoting brain development through movement
  • Outdoor learning environments
  • Biophilic design
  • Technology in design
  • Industrial design
  • Maker labs
  • How to prepare for the expanding ECE market
  • Best Practices for safety and security

We are currently accepting Conference speaker proposals. If you would like to submit a proposal or have a suggestion for a speaker in this field, please email us at

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